The Governor speaks with a veteran of the Korean War.

The Governor speaks with a veteran of the Korean War.

27 Jul, 2022

Remembering the Korean War and swearing-in a District Court Judge

Often referred to as ‘the forgotten war’, the crowd drawn to Kings Park today proved that the Korean War is anything but forgotten.

At the request of the Royal Australian Regiment (RAR) WA Branch, the Governor attended a memorial service and laid a wreath on behalf of the Western Australian people.

Attendance numbers were high.
A large crowd gathered for the memorial service.

The event marked the 69th anniversary of the armistice that signalled the end of the Korean War and the recall of the Royal Australian Regiment WA and support personnel. The war covered three years and was the first open conflict of the Cold War. Australia and 21 other countries supported South Korea against an invasion by communist North Korea. In September 1950, two months after the war was declared, the Australian government sent the 3rd Battalion, the Royal Australian Regiment (3 RAR), followed by 1 RAR and 2 RAR. Nearly 18,000 Australian soldiers, sailors, airmen and nurses served in the war, and of those, 339 Australians died and 1,216 were wounded.

Dignitaries, special guests, veterans and the Korean Ambassador pause for a photo.
Dignitaries, special guests, veterans and the Korean Ambassador pause for a photo.

Veterans and family members of were recognised with the announcement of the Ambassador for Peace Medal – a ceremony to present the medals will be arranged at a later date.

Following the ceremony the Governor took the time to speak with each veteran and thanked them for their service.

District Court Judge

The Governor reads the appointment information.
The Governor reads the appointment information.

Yesterday, in a small ceremony held at Government House, the Governor conducted his first judicial swearing in ceremony.
 
Ms Linda Black was sworn in as a Judge of the District Court and Children’s Court of Western Australia, as well as a Commissioner of the Supreme Court of Western Australia, surrounded by friends, colleagues and family.

Ms Black thanks all those in attendance.
Ms Black thanks all those in attendance.

Ms Black was admitted to practice in Western Australia in 1995 where she commenced her career practicing in general litigation, industrial and criminal law at Dwyer Durack, before becoming a criminal prosecutor with the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP). She moved to the independent bar in late 2006 and has become known as one of the State’s leading barristers and specialist jury trial advocates.
 
Also an accredited advocacy teacher, Ms Black appears regularly in all relevant courts as Counsel, including the Supreme Court, both in the Court of Appeal and before a Single Judge and on several occasions as Lead Counsel in the High Court of Australia.
 
Ms Black performs on the century old piano in the Government House foyer.

Ms Black performs on the century old piano in the Government House foyer.

To add to this impressive career, Ms Black is a loving mother, wife and accomplished pianist – something she (taught by her mother) delighted the Governor with by performing a piece on the century-old (c.1876) Bechstein boudoir grand piano in the Government House Foyer.

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